“Using the correct disinfectant is an important part of preventing and reducing the spread of illnesses along with other critical aspects such as hand washing,” said EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler.
Products appearing on the list have qualified for use against COVID-19 through the EPA’s Emerging Viral Pathogen program, which allows manufacturers to provide the EPA with data even in advance of an outbreak showing that their products are effective against harder-to-kill viruses than SARS-CoV-2.
The program also allows additional communications intended to inform the public about the utility of these products against the emerging pathogen in the most expeditious manner.
Coronaviruses are enveloped viruses, meaning they are one of the easiest types of viruses to kill with the appropriate disinfectant product, the EPA says.
Consumers using these disinfectants on an enveloped emerging virus should follow the directions for use on the product’s master label, paying close attention to the contact time for the product on the treated surface, or how long the disinfectant should remain on the surface.